Canada is home to tens of thousands of dedicated researchers and their collaborative teams. They improve our health care, enhance our economy and increase our quality of life through novel approaches to research that require well-maintained equipment, digital resources, and modern and sustainable facilities. Supporting the operational costs associated with their research ensures that Canada remains an attractive and competitive player internationally.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced more than $427 million in funding to help institutions enrich and advance their research environments. This includes an investment of more than $369 million for 142 institutions through the Research Support Fund and more than $58 million through the fund’s Incremental Project Grants stream.
The Research Support Fund and Incremental Project Grants help institutions across the country enhance their safety and security procedures, hire adequate administrative support for various tasks, and advance projects that prioritize innovation as well as equity, diversity and inclusion. This investment will also support the creation of novel online databases for acquiring and sharing materials across the country, and the protection of research spaces in unique and remote areas. All of this will significantly support researchers in making breakthroughs.
“The Research Support Fund, including the Incremental Project Grants, is a pillar of Canada’s research enterprise that offers unique support to institutions and their researchers in covering associated and often overlooked research costs. This support will enhance collaborations between researchers, maintain facilities in remote areas, and create key administrative jobs that accompany the research journey, among other uses.
—Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Chair, Research Support Fund Steering Committee